To enhance our natural environment, we need to put the environment back into the heart of the economy. Using natural capital as the guiding principle, we can leave a better environment for future generations, implementing a bold 25 year environment plan, thereby restoring rivers, greening agriculture, putting nature back into towns and cities, and restoring the uplands and our marine ecosystems. We can put the carbon back into the soils, encourage natural carbon sequestration, rebuild our biodiversity and improve our mental and physical health. This is the prize – a Green and Prosperous Land – and it is much more economically efficient than the dismal proposed of business-as-usual and allowing the declines of the last century to continue.
Prof. Helm is an Official Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford and Professor of Economic policy at the University of Oxford. He is Chair of the Natural Capital Committee. He completed the Helm Review on The Cost of Energy for the British Government in 2017. His recent books include: ‘The Carbon Crunch – revised and updated edition’
(2015), ‘Natural Capital – Valuing The Planet’ (2015), and ‘Burn Out:
the endgame for fossil fuels’ (2018), all published by Yale University Press. ‘Green and Prosperous Land’ was published in March 2019 by William Collins.
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